Interested In A Spa Trip?

Today Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel & Bookpleasures interviews Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder Inc


Standard: Could you inform us a little about on your own and also your expertise in spas, and why you came to be interested in them?


I was athletic in my young people and also normally gravitated toward being as healthy as possible. After college in the mid 70's, I began working at the Golden Door Spa which, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the top spa in the country. After investing years on personnel, I ended up being enthralled with how people's lives were changed after simply a one-week stay at this renowned area. I made a decision to make spa my life's work, as well as the combination of activity, excellent nourishment, spa treatments and also a mind/body/spirit technique to wellness ended up being an interest. As well as lucky for me, the spa industry, which was just arising at the time, was positioned for eruptive development.


Why have medical spas continued to expand as well as have become preferred over the past a number of years?


I see three general trends that have integrated to speed up the appeal of health spas.

1. The aging baby boomer. This group wishes to maintain young people as well as vitality. Health facilities are a perfect area to accomplish these objectives.

2. Anxiety. The continuous bombardment of details and connection is creating a demand for people to have places to unwind, de-stress, slow down as well as pay attention to their spirit, mind as well as body.

3. A troubled healthcare system suggests people of every ages should come to be a lot more in charge of their wellness and also health.


Exactly how do you deal with determining excellent romantic health clubs in terms of high quality of therapy, fitness, relaxation, atmosphere, place, and also personnel?


Truly the most effective way to identify charming health facilities is to consult the romantic/honeymoon spa classification on There are virtually 50 enchanting health spas noted. Spa Finder's goal is to attach people with their perfect spa experience, and we likewise existing medical spas in 20 various other groups such as: weight loss medical spas, health facilities for horseback riding, treking health facilities, day spas for yoga, etc


Standard: As a follow up which ones would certainly make the leading ten on your list?


Here are a few of my preferred charming medspas in the UNITED STATE:

Outside of the U.S.:

Brenner's Park, Baden Baden, Germany CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla El Santuario, Mexico Samas, Park Kenmare Hotel, Ireland Echo Valley Cattle Ranch Hotel, Canada Norm: What are the benefits of spa treatments for honeymooners as well as charming trips for couples searching for unwind?

At day spas people generally leave their outside globe behind, they reduce down and their bodies come to be extra relaxed. A spa has nurturing personnel as well as there is beautiful food that does not intoxicate however rather revitalizes. I believe that what medical spas do is help us obtain back to that we truly are as well as connecting at that degree is always romantic.

Standard: What spa therapies are especially advised for those brand-new to the spa experience?

Susie: I believe a good location to begin for a newcomer is with a Swedish Massage and a facial. These are still the most favorite spa therapies due to the fact that individuals love them. There are lots of terrific treatments on many spa's food selections, such as warm stone massage therapy, Ayruvedic treatments or also body scrubs as well as covers, I would not advise them for the very first time spa-goer.

For a first time enchanting experience, I would recommend choosing a "pair's massage" where both of you remain in the same room for your therapy. Sometimes this can consist of a showering ritual for both of you together prior to or after ... very charming!

And also lastly, if a spa has a "trademark therapy" that might likewise be an excellent area for a first time spa-goer to start. Often this is an experience with greater than one element - like a massage as well as a scrub, or a foot routine and massage, and so on

. And I do suggest that an individual let the receptionist understand that this is their very first time spa experience so that the assistant and also therapist can be a bit extra comprehensive about describing treatments and procedure.

Standard: What is suggested by "destination health clubs," and how do you distinguish them from various other spas in addition to between themselves?

Susie: That's a terrific inquiry and also I'm glad you asked. In the world of medspas we sector them right into various categories. One of the most basic groups are resort/hotel health spas, day spas as well as destination day spas. The resort/hotel spa belongs to a resort or hotel where there are also activities such as golf, tennis, fine dining, etc. The spa is among the features. A spa is an area where individuals go with a spa experience yet do not remain over night - this can be for one spa therapy or for numerous or perhaps for a whole day. After that there is the location spa. Consider them as areas to remain over night with programs that makes it a complete immersion spa experience. In other words, everyone is there for the spa experience. Canyon Ranch Health Resorts as well as the Golden Door are examples of a destination spa. La Costa or The Doral are instances of resort/hotel spas and also Happiness or Elizabeth Arden's Red Door are instances of spa.

Norm: Can you tell us something about the brand-new growths and also fads in the spa industry, specifically as it affects those pairs seeking romantic getaways together with spa therapies?

Susie: We are seeing a selection of fads in the spa market. I will share with you the 10 trends that we predicted in January of this year: Clinical health facilities (medicine and health clubs integrating).

Individuals mixing business and also health spas.

The arrival of the "location spa".

Extra cost effective medspas and also more inclusive.

International therapies as well as unique as well as inviting health clubs globally.

Spa cuisine going mainstream.

Travelers picking where to go as well as remain depending upon the spa.

Animals rate at some spa.

Much more men are going.

A lot more households, consisting of teenagers and preteens.

Of these I assume one of the intriguing patterns for pairs is that more men are mosting likely to day spas. This indicates that it is becoming less complicated as well as less complicated for a lady to get her person to choose her to an enchanting spa get away. Significantly, they already intend to go!


I have found the term "top quality guaranteed" spa, what does this indicate, as well as why should our team believe the spa when it has this designation?


There are over 10,000 medspas in the UNITED STATE and no one has actually been to all of them or able to rate them in terms of high quality. There is no very easy means to conclude the level of a spa's solution.

There is an organization called the International Spa Organization (ISPA) that has a "volunteer standards as well as methods designation" that medical spas might pick to apply for if they wish. Even right here, numerous medspas do not recognize concerning this so I would not always rule out picking a spa if they do not have this designation.

It is likewise handy to look at what awards a spa has won. For instance the Spa Finder Visitors' Option Awards notes the top 10 health clubs in virtually 20 categories. Because this award is voted on by visitors, it is a great indicator of high quality.

Obviously, word-of-mouth is always a great way to discover a spa.


Could you provide our readers some tips regarding tipping?


Tipping policies differ among spas yet in basic it is traditional to leave a gratuity of between 15% and 20% for the specialist or service technician supplying your service. In some cases, the gratuity is already included on to the last bill and in some really unusual cases, tipping is discouraged.


I have read that the location spa idea is developing as some brands increase their product through various other outlets. Could you offer us some instances and discuss why this is taking place?


They then opened up in Lenox, MA and also then opened their initial Spa Club in Las Las Vega. They are now the spa on the QM2 as well as are part of a retirement condo spa facility being built in Miami.

The Golden Door branched off from its origins as the U.S.'s leading destination spa ... there are currently Golden Door health facilities at hotels in Arizona, Colorado and also Puerto Rico. There is a Golden Door line of product.

But I am likewise seeing an additional type of brand name development; that is item companies opening "retail health facilities". Jurlique comes to mind, Givenchy, and also to a certain degree Elizabeth Arden's Red Door could be thought about a spa extending from an item. As well as there are spa which have ended up being also recognized for their products as their health clubs, such as Bliss and Nichel.


What should we expect in the future from health facilities?


I believe that medicine as well as health clubs coming with each other is a really interesting occurring. Physicians as well as spa therapists working with each other is resulting in some really caring, comfy medical settings with the best results feasible. In enhancement the whole sector of corresponding and also different (CAMERA) medication is discovering a house in the medical spa atmosphere.

I think that spas will eventually become a very important part of the solution to health problems worldwide.

Many thanks Susie for responding to my concerns.

Spa Finder's objective is to link individuals with their excellent spa experience, and also we also existing spas in 20 various other groups such as: weight loss spas, medical spas for horseback riding, hiking day spas, medspas for yoga, and so on


The most general categories are resort/hotel spas, day spas and also location health clubs. A day spa is a location where people go for a spa experience but do not remain over night - this can be for one spa therapy or for a number of or even for a whole day. There is an association called the International Spa Association (ISPA) that has a "volunteer criteria as well as practices classification" that health facilities might select to apply for if they desire. Even here, several health clubs do not know concerning this so I would not necessarily rule out picking a spa if they do not have this designation.

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